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Category: Intellectual Property Law

The Librarian: Low-key American Superhero

There is a movie franchise starring Noah Wyle called The Librarian that romanticizes the role that these information technicians play in day to day lives. In truth, librarians have been called upon in recent years to serve as activists, defending our freedom of expression, and freedom to read for all.

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Top Gun: Maverick Meets Its Match

As one of my law school professors used to say, “Where there’s a hit, there’s a writ.” A writ is a form of legal petition. Most people have heard of a writ of certiorari or habeas corpus. But in this case, we have the box office hit, credited with the

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Copyright: An Origin Story In a Digital Era

World Book & Copyright Day take place on April 23 annually, 3 days prior to World Intellectual Property Day on April 26th. It is worth noting that books, whether printed or digitally published, contain text which is protected under copyright. If those books also contain illustrations, those drawings are also

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Banned Books, Penguin and Ebooks

There has been a flurry of coverage in the news this past fall and winter about banning books. According to the American Library Association’s Office for Information Freedom, there is now a 60% year to year increase in book challenges in American schools and libraries. Some experts believe that this

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Copyright Office Rulemaking

In January, we learned that the Copyright Office intended to solicit comments from the public about a rule it is proposing as part of its rulemaking under the Case Act (Copyright Alternative for Small Claims Enforcement) signed into law last December 2020. Over 5,000 comments were submitted and about 17

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Museums As Moral Rights Admins

Last fall, we documented how certain world-class art museums asserted their rights over images in their artworks collections by pornography companies in an effort to generate new audiences in classical artworks using online platforms. Never the less, images removed, the question surfaces, how much control exactly do museums have over

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Copyright Transparency Report

In what may be the most anticipated report of the year so far for copyright enthusiasts, YouTube released its Copyright Transparency Report documenting the number of claims filed and where such claims originated (e.g. Content ID, Copyright Match, Webform) for the first half of 2021. A staggering 722+ million claims

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Personal Rights On Twitter

Last fall, Twitter announced that it would ban posting pictures or videos featuring private individuals. The aim of this new user policy is to incentivize avoiding sexual harassment and/or invasions of privacy by empowering its victims with an efficient online remedy for removal. Noting that, the misuse of private media

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